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Herman J. Wechsler papers, 1913-1976

Herman J. Wechsler papers, 1913-1976

Wechsler, Herman Joel, 1904-1976

Art historian, Gallery director

Collection Information

Size: 2.0 linear feet

Summary: The papers of New York art historian and gallery director Herman J. Wechsler measure 2.0 linear feet and date from 1913-1976. The collection primarily documents Wechsler's art historical publications and to a lesser extent the activities of F.A.R. Gallery. Records include business and personal correspondence, drafts of published and unpublished writings, personal business records, printed material, loose scrapbook pages, and photographs of Wechsler and his family.

Biographical/Historical Note

Herman Joel Wechsler (1904-1976) was an art historian and gallery director in New York, New York. Wechsler was the founder of Fine Arts Reproductions (F.A.R.) Gallery, 1934-1976.

Provenance

Donated 1977-1981 by Mrs. Herman J. Wechsler, Wechsler's widow.

A Finding Aid to the Herman J. Wechsler Papers, 1913-1976, in the Archives of American Art
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Finding aid prepared by Christen Brown
Scope and Contents note
The papers of New York art historian and gallery director Herman J. Wechsler measure 2.0 linear feet and date from 1913-1976. The collection primarily documents Wechsler's art historical publications and to a lesser extent the activities of F.A.R. Gallery. Records include business and personal correspondence, drafts of published and unpublished writings, personal business records, printed material, loose scrapbook pages, and photographs of Wechsler and his family.
Biographical/Historical note
Herman Joel Wechsler (1904-1976) was an art historian and gallery director in New York, New York. Wechsler founded the Fine Arts Reproductions (F.A.R.) Gallery in 1934 which remained in business for the remainder of his life. Wechsler is known for writing
An Introduction to Prints and Print Making
(published in 1960),
French Impressionists
(1955),
Gods and Goddesses in Art and Legend
(1950), and
Great Prints and Printmakers
(1967). Wechsler died in 1976 and was survived by his wife Rachelle and daughter Antonia.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 6 series.
Series 1: Correspondence, 1950-1975 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)
Series 2: Writings, 1913-circa mid-1900s (Box 1; 0.8 linear feet)
Series 3: Personal Business Records, circa mis-1900s-1976 (Box 2; 6 folders)
Series 4: Printed Material, 1932-1976 (Box 2; 0.6 linear feet)
Series 5: Scrapbook, 1935-1940 (Box 2; 2 folders)
Series 6: Photographs, circa mid-1900s-1975 (Box 2; 3 folders)
Provenance
Donated 1977-1981 by Mrs. Herman J. Wechsler, Wechsler's widow.
Processing Information note
Collection processed in 2015 by intern, Christen P. Brown.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Herman J. Wechsler papers, 1913-1976. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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